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MBWC’s Community Speaking Series Featuring: Cori Gentry

Top 5 Tips for a Birth That Doesn’t Suck

What comes to mind when you think about childbirth? Screaming? Hand breaking? Blood everywhere? Maybe you’ve seen some births on social media that looked gentle, empowering, even joyous. You’ll remember the day your child is born for the rest of your life, in this talk we will discuss how to make it a good memory. This talk is appropriate for folks giving birth in a hospital, birth center, or at home; with all the drugs or none at all, with OBs, midwives, or unassisted.

Cori is a certified childbirth educator, Evidence Based Birth® Instructor, and toLabor trained birth doula and activist. I created Birth Chemistry childbirth curriculum and have had the pleasure of training other instructors across the country.  Through the birth stories of family members I grew up believing that birth was hard, but rewarding. After studying Early Childhood Education at California State Monterey Bay, I became a childcare provider in 2005 and was surprised by how negatively my clients viewed their births. No one seemed to believe a positive birth experience was achievable, and my hopes for a physiologic birth were often met with "You'll be begging for drugs!"  Since 2012 I have watched my clients replace fear and uncertainty with excitement and confidence as their birthing day approaches. My births have taught me that the decisions one makes in childbirth are personal and unique to them. I believe parents deserve to learn their options from an objective resource, and receive compassionate support throughout that process. Advocating for options and safety in childbirth is something I live daily. I am a toLabor trained birth doula and birth activist, and as an Evidence Based Birth® Instructor I am able to offer trainings to obstetricians, midwives, nurses, and other doulas in the community in addition to working with expecting families. I have served as the President of the Birth Network of Monterey County, Co-Coordinator for ImprovingBirth Monterey County, the ImprovingBirthBoard of Directors, and  as Co-Leader of the International Cesarean Awareness Networks (ICAN) of Monterey County. I love sharing may passion and knowledge with parents who desire a positive birthing experience.

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